Sassea Sails




Bittersweet n Blue

Blue outerwear, a favorite color with twenty circular rows of stitching on each sleeve.

Stitches equal in length to the thickness of a toe nail.

Lightweight, expensive, name brand, stylish.

Worn alone or layered.

Compact, comfy perfect fit.

Hand warming pockets, zippered chest pockets, with hidden pockets inside.

Shiny lining.

Water resistant for sitting on a snow-covered log.

All the makings of a perfect piece of apparel.

Photogenic .

Silky smooth to the touch.

A perfect match for a couple in love.

A Yuppie garment usually detested in favor

Of Goodwill jackets usually embraced.

With all the goodwill it was meant to represent.

But didn’t quite measure up!

Homo or Neo

“23 and Me” is a company that provides information about one’s past based on a DNA sample. Their report includes the belief that modern people evolved from either Homo Sapiens or Neanderthals. Learning about the traits of each revealed that I evolved from Homo Sapiens. Someone dear to me evolved from Neanderthal. This determination was based on a single trait noted in some of the research. Neanderthals tend to be hairy. You know those people with dark long hair on their legs, arms and back.  Further intrigue about this concept came from a book by Robert Fritz, Your Life as Art. Fritz contends that as a civilization Homo Sapiens created art. Neanderthals did not.

As research continues let us hope one’s ancestors adds interest to the differences that make each of us interesting. No longer will we only consider race, religion, and nationality. Now we will ask, “So, are you homo or neo?”  Let us hope it matters not as to how relationships will evolve…

Hemingway’s way of writing…

According to Jeff Goin’s blog ( Hemingway once remarked on his writing process during those early days in Paris as a fledgling writer:

All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.

So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then

because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say.

Isn’t there at least one true sentence you can say?


Or, Picture 2

Sail in the Bahamas

Sailing Vs Hiking: What’s the diff?


Let me Entertain Me…

A few days ago I took on the challenge to write extemporaneously about the word entertain. Today I found myself in a situation I did not like. It conjured up negative, anxious feelings as a result of two people not behaving the way I want them to. Thankfully, I turned my attention to physical activity as a way to dissuade behaving in a way I might regret like sailing upwind with the center board up.

After wheelbarrowing three loads of dead branches and other fallen twigs to our erosion prevention areas, I retreated to my office where the sun is so intense I have to wear my sunglasses to type this. Eventually I will have another area in the loft where I can write. For now, I will use the sun’s intensity to strengthen my resolve to find a humorous way to deal with the situation.

Accessing my sense of humor is how I will entertain my reaction to this situation. Sooner or later a verbal conversation will take place. I need some phrases to accurately express how I feel, what I think, and what I will do. In order to research an appropriate lexicon I need to leave this blog entry in search of self entertainment to deal with an otherwise day of beating to windward in a two foot chop and a 20 knot breeze on my Hobie 14.

Any ideas?  Feel free to comment on my blog or via my e-mail:



Let me Entertain You

via Daily Prompt: Entertain  

I am choosing this topic in response to a challenge I received for writing a daily prompt. 

The enticing words to this ubiquitous song send me on an imaginative journey. What words can I use that will find you laughing one minute, sighing the next, and finally withdrawing into the depths of your heart? k

Do I begin with a joke? For the Florida Comprehensive Test of Achievement teachers prepared 4th grade students by encouraging them to begin their essays with an action word. So if I want to entertain you with a summary of my day’s adventure would Sailing to the Summit be a good intro?

I could follow up those words with Sailing to the Summit I slipped on the first snowy step. To save myself I grabbed a dead tree branch that was dangling next to me. ‘Snap went the branch.’ To add to my I Love Lucy adventure, another branch caught the outside pocket of my brand new backpack. The water bottle tumbled out, and as I reached for it with my foot, my whole body slid, not onto the clean freshly fallen snow. No, that would have just gotten me wet. Rather, I slithered onto the slippery slope covered in mud.

How is that for the beginning of an entertaining tale? Does it make you laugh? Is it lighthearted, at least? After hearing comments, I will continue with a transition to a sigh, than end with a soothing cup of warm cider to warm your heart.

What Does it Take to Write a Book

It seems so simple, compile my thoughts, write them down, then put them in a logical order. Hmmm, guess I better get started. After all books do not write themselves.

Perhaps it is like baking a cake. In that case here is a format:

Baking a Cake Writing a Book
1. Gather Ingredients

Use ingredients in the pantry

Purchase ingredients needed


1. Gather ideas

Use previously written material

Create new material

2. Combine ingredients in a

particular order

2. Fomat a logical flow


      Mix liquids       Create a Table of Contents
      Mix dry ingredients       Create Appendixes for clarification
           Fold dry ingredients into

the wet  ones

3. Write an introduction
3.  Bake 4. Write a summary



Listen, I don’t like it and I am finally admitting or at least acknowledging my preference for not engaging in it. This confession was spurred while reading about a friend who posted her ‘talk’ about sailing. This gal, Sherry McCampbell, is an accomplished sailor, both as a racer and a half way around the world cruiser. And I know her on a personal level. That leads me to believe that at the least I owe it to her to hear what she has to say. Truth though, is I don’t care to listen to what other people are doing. I want to be the one doing not listening.

I rarely enjoy listening to audio books or lectures by politicians or teachers or radio show hosts. It just isn’t my forte. I don’t enjoy church sermons. I have to expend too much energy to listen to the daily doings of friends. I can listen for a minute or two, maybe even 3 or 4. Listening was my worst skill as a counselor. And, boy do I interrupt.

Like I said listening isn’t my forte. No disrespect intended. I know people have a lot of interesting and enlightening things I can learn from. Demonstrating and even better engaging me in the lesson are favored. For example, want me to know about your sailing experience, take me with you. Want to show me how to play a tune on the piano, have me play along with you. Walking while talking works.

Perhaps it is that hyperactivity that makes me want to move, fidget or get up to go to the bathroom while people are yapping at a party. Definitely you will see me circulating at a social event because staying still and listening are difficult.

I am not complaining nor do I want anyone to feel bad if I don’t listen because I do want to hear what others say. Ay, but if you sing me a song I can sway to or silently sing along; now that is my style….

Thanks for listening,,,,


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